Saudi policy in Yemen: Sign of an inferiority complex vs Iran? (+video)

By Scott Peterson, Staff writer CSM – April 23, 2015

Rarely does the slow-burn regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran erupt into violence as it has in Yemen, and rarely with such a lack of strategic impact.

After a month of airstrikes against Iranian-allied Houthi rebels that have left nearly 1,000 people dead, Saudi leaders – under pressure from their US and Yemen   allies – abruptly declared victory Tuesday and said the thrust of their ongoing efforts would be political, not military.  

Many in Saudi Arabia have lauded the air campaign as a kinetic and decisive step to reverse “Iranian expansionism” in the Middle East, but Iran has been dismissive, warning that Saudi “noses will be rubbed in dirt.”

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